Pic 'n Play: Food Allergy Dad vs. Plastic Vegetable Bags

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This post originally appeared in March 2018.

During my podcast last week, my dad said something that I had never thought about. He struggles opening plastic vegetable bags in grocery stores. 

"You know how sometimes people lick their fingers to open them," he said with a laugh. "I remember one time I had unsafe food for lunch and when I was at the grocery store later that day, I was worried about licking my fingers to open a vegetable bag. I could not get it open! I couldn't lick my thumb because then I was worried that I'd touch the bag which could then touch the tomatoes that you would eat later.... "

That got me thinking. Without licking your fingers, what are some easy ways to open plastic vegetable bags in grocery stores? This could literally be the dumbest question I ever posted, but I really don't think my dad is the only one who struggles with this. Anyway, I'd love to pass a tip or two along. Thanks. 



JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.